Work starts on The Link
Published: 09 January, 2017
Building work begins at Bolton’s new specialist town centre shopping complex
Builders have taken up tools at the former Bow Street car park site, which is set to be transformed into The Link, a centre specifically designed for bespoke, local and individual businesses alongside a hotel and leisure space.
The first stageof the project sees structural works and work to convert the outside of the building. The inside of the former car park will be converted and the developers, Spice Valley bosses Subhash and Geeta Kotecha and business partner Farhad Azimy, hope to invite perspective businesses to set up shop as early as May.
The Kotechas and Azimy are encouraging any budding entrepreneurs to get in touch about launching new ventures or expanding existing businesses at the site. They claim ‘incredibly attractive’ deals on rents will be offered to aspiring business people to attract as many local businesses as possible to launch in Bolton town centre.
Mr Azimy said: “We want people to get in touch with us now with their ideas. We already have businesses signed up and we have all sorts of support to help with the process. If people speak with us now they could be setting up units by the Spring.”
Mr Kotecha said: “We are both from Bolton, we built our lives here and we want to create something that is good for Bolton and brings people into the town centre.”
Once complete, The Link will provide a free car park for customers underneath the building, with an emporium style floor of individual businesses opening on the ground floor. Plans for the first floor outline an array of food and drink operators, hoping to represent cuisines from across the world. The upper floors will involve a leisure space, with plans for an apart-hotel complex above.
Mr Azimy said: “The main ethos is that this is a Bolton venture, run by local people and for local people. We are not distant developers, if people want to be involved it will be us they will deal with directly.”
SOURCE: The Bolton News